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Eugene Rogan from North Africa through the Arabian Peninsula, and for the depth in which it explores every facet of modern Arab history. To American observers, the Arab world often seems little more than a distant battleground characterized by religious zealotry and political chaos. Years of. Buy The Arabs: A History by Eugene Rogan (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.

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The mastery and selection of detail, its organization, and its analysis are models for similar sweeping hist An outstanding history of Arab lands from about through Such high-handed justice provoked nationalist resistance in the decades that followed, but Bimbashi McPherson, the British security chief who faced down strikes and demonstrations in rhe, was contemptuous: Jul 22, Paul Culloty rated it it was amazing.

The unipolar era the U. The first part was focused on Egypt and the Levant, and went by quickly enough. Now on to the contents.

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Their disappointment was bitter when the victorious British and French carved up the Arab lands as spoils of war. No eBook available Amazon. The assassination of Issam al Sartawi while he was standing next to Shimon Peres!!! However, the second part of the book, from the post WWI era onwards changed all that. I never understood it. He didn’t even bother to address it – it was omitted completely.

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Sad haddad’s role 9. That was an age when the Arab provinces of the Ottoman empire were ruled by despotic local kleptocrats. S was due to the impairment of the USSR. This has been documented in history. A couple of the names were already familiar to me Hanan Ashrawi and Nawal El Saadawi but most were new. The book is extremely readable, detailing the religious, social and cultural changes constantly engulfing the area, but also wearing the scholarly research lightly in making the people themselves the constant subject.


May 21, Kartik rated it really liked it Shelves: A History Eugene Rogan No preview available – Eugene Rogan has written an authoritative new histroy of the Arabs in the modern world. The Arab world is now more acutely aware than ever of its own vulnerability, and this sense of subjection carries with it vast geopolitical consequences.

To date, there have been very few popular histories covering either the Arab world, or the Middle East in particular, so Rogan’s work fills an essential gap. Starting in and ending inthis book gives a great overview of Middle East history. The book in its entirety great I enjoyed the 2nd half more than the 1st.

To American observers, the Arab world often seems little more than a distant battleground characterized by religious zealotry and political chaos. Inthe British who took over from the defeated Ottomans in Iraq promised a national government and self-determination, before imposing by force of arms a British mandate on the hostile Arabs and Kurds. He, like all historians has had to be selective in choosing his material.

For example, he was shocked to find that in France the “men are slaves to the women here and under their command irrespective of whether they are pretty eugenr not”. Algerian independence was achieved at the cost of a remarkably sugene and bloody war.


It’s easy to be carried away by the tue narratives and the stereotypes of the Arab world while staying confused about the real causes. Books by Eugene Rogan.

In general, he has a taste for revisionist and counter-intuitive history. Drawing on the writings and eyewitness accounts of those who lived through the tumultuous years of Arab history, The Arabs balances different voices – politicians, intellectuals, students, men and women, poets and novelists, famous, infamous and the completely unknown – to give a rich, complex sense of life over nearly five centuries.

While Rogan slams Israel for the “eviction” of Palestinians in which in reality was Arab governments telling all Palestinians to leave because of th A biased, selective, and misleading history of the middle east conflict. Thanks for telling us hitory the problem. Soon enough, I found my interest flagging towards the middlewhen the book discusses the colonization of Egypt and the Levant.

The Arabs: A History

I learned a tremendous amount. Jan 10, Hala Juneh rated it really liked it. So was Nasser’s intervention in euene Yemeni civil war. It is time that the West stopped treating Arabs as ‘other’. It is also where the most intense political activity is happening. Who is the real enemy!!

Why would those young Palestinians throw themselves at Israelis guns?